The fire department has a long history of protecting our community. Established on March 9th, 1875, the Fenton Hook and Ladder Company Number 1 began operations and was one of the first organized fire departments in our area. Since this time, many changes have taken place over the years with technology, training and personnel. Instead of only fighting fires, we now do rescue work and are trained for medical responses and hazardous material situations. The responsibilities and expertise the department provides have expanded since the days of fighting fires only. Our mission, though, remains the same: "To protect the life and property of the people of our community with the highest quality of service possible." In order for us to serve you better, we ask that you make sure your address is clearly visible on your mailbox, house, or on a green address sign.
These pages are designed to give you information on getting to know our department, its members, its history, etc. A lot of questions you may have for the fire department might already be answered in our Frequently Asked Questions section, such as, "Do I need a burn permit?" If you want to learn about severe weather preparedness information in our area, such as tornados and what precautions to take, you can see our education section. The Fire Truck page shows you the trucks we respond to calls on and our Employment Information page explains how to join the department.
Our department operates out of 1 station and we are paid-on-call, which means we do not live at the station; we only respond to calls when we are needed from home or work. The Fire Chief is our only full-time position. We generally staff about 32 members and respond to calls in the City of Fenton and parts of Tyrone Township. We respond to approximately 500 calls per year in both the city and the township. We maintain an active Fire Explorer post for youth ages 14 to 21 who are interested in learning about the firefighting profession.
Please browse through the pages, ask a question and/or see what is new with the fire department every so often as updates are posted quarterly to the site. Remember, if you have an emergency - call 911!
- When are consumer fireworks permitted?
- What is my Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating?
Currently, the city ISO rating is a class 3. The department recommends you contact your insurance company to make sure this is reflected in your premiums. A lower number means you pay less insurance.
- I live just outside of the City -- Why is my ISO rating different from the City’s?
Your Insurance Service Offices rating is based on many factors, which are hard to explain in a short space. It is dependant on whether each city or township has its own fire department, response times, water system infrastructure such as hydrants, number of people on the department and the equipment you carry on the trucks. There are so many variables. You can go to the Tyrone Township's website for more information on your ISO rating if you live in Tyrone Township.
- Where is my closest fire hydrant?
Your best bet is to walk around your neighborhood and look for the nearest hydrant. While not all areas of the city have hydrants, the majority of the city does.
- Do you offer CPR Classes?
The department does not sponsor any CPR classes through the city. We do have a few members of the department that will provide this service on their own time who can teach these classes. We also have contacts for other people in the immediate area who can teach classes. Call the fire station at 810-629-8595 and leave a message for the medical officer with your name and number so they may call you back.